Pre-Conference Workshops /

The pre-conference training workshops are held on Tuesday, 21 November and are in addition to conference packages. Tickets can be purchased separately or with the one or two day conference packages. Each workshop is purchased separately. For pricing and registration options here.

Please note: The pre-conference training workshops are held in the Clarendon Rooms on Level 2, Melbourne Exhibition Centre.


Morning Workshops

WORKSHOP 1a: LTE 101 – Its’ strengths, weaknesses and application

In recent times there has been growing interest in LTE and its potential impact on traditional telecommunications technology used in both the industrial and public safety sectors. In today’s world it is important for those involved in the communications sector to have an understanding of all available technologies as this will enable a better evaluation of opportunities for both clients and suppliers. In this one-hour session, a more detailed discussion around LTE will take place, aimed at giving delegates a good general appreciation of the technology.  The presenter, Simon Lardner, is co-founder of a specialist system integrator and has more than 25 years’ experience building mobile networks in more than 25 countries.

Presented by: Simon Lardner – Director, Challenge Networks

followed by

WORKSHOP 1b: Private networks in the Gold Fields

Gold Fields is a global gold mining company with mine assets around the world and its head office in South Africa. As part of an ongoing drive for improvements in efficiency and safety, Gold Fields deployed the world’s first private LTE network for the gold industry.  Gold Fields’ project leader, Rodney Nebe, will give insights into the process that was taken to implement the solution as a replacement to their legacy SCADA, Digital Radio infrastructure and general mine communication systems.

Presented by: Rodney Nebe – IT Senior Network Engineer, Gold Fields

(90 mins)

WORKSHOP 2: Delivering project and engineering excellence on converged network upgrades

How to incorporate Systems Engineering with Lean Project Management Techniques to provide Excellence in Execution as demonstrated in the recent Analogue Upgrade to P25 within NSW for the converged services Fire & Rescue and SES. Workshop includes: System Breakdown Structures (Functional and Physical), WBS and Scheduling (Using Lean Principals), Verification Cross Reference Matrix ( Trace your requirements from Cradle to Grave) providing Lean Engineering, testing and Commissioning, Cost Control, Schedule Control, and Communications and Stakeholder Management. The material is derived from the PMI PMBoK and INCOSE SEBoK as adapted by Andrew Smith (Solutions Engineering Manager, Tait communications Asia Pacific Region).

Presented by: Andrew Smith – Engineering Solutions Manager, Tait Communications

(90 mins)

WORKSHOP 3: Public safety mobile broadband: global trends –  National decisions

Around the world there are numerous examples of public safety mobile broadband (PSMB) now beginning to provide responders with an exciting new capability.  While governance, funding and operating models vary, the overall mission remains consistent: ensuring the right information gets to the right people at the right time.

Our expert speakers come from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Europe


This pre-conference workshop is designed to allow delegates, in a relaxed and time effective fashion, to learn more about a number of national approaches to PSMB, including from right here in Australia.

Panel members and delegates will discuss, in a facilitated session, various options and points of view on approaches to the development of national PSMB strategies.  They will also discuss critical issues around information management and security – keys to success no matter what operational models are used.

Panel members to be confirmed

Moderators: Ian Millar – Executive Officer, Australian Radio Communications Industry Association and Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour O.O.M – Life Member, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

(180 mins)


Lunch break

WORKSHOP 4: M2M & IoT – the impact on public safety

This workshop will cover:

  • Using data to make cities safer
  • Connected Infrastructure
  • IoT Protocols – connectivity for Radio Communications
  • Smart Transport Systems
  • Industrial IoT – focus on industrial applications


Presented by: Jon Goudge — M2M/IoT Business Unit Manager, RFI Technology Solutions

(90 mins)

WORKSHOP 5: Building a radio network from the ground up. An independent workshop on planning components required to deliver a private land mobile network.

This workshop is aimed at local government, small NGOs, businesses and independent groups that are looking to build and deliver a small, two-way, land mobile radio (LMR) network. This independent workshop will offer an insight into the requirements at an operational and technology level and is not manufacturer or vendor specific. It will use Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s experience as a case study and examine the following areas:

  • Business and operational requirements identification.
  • Two-way radio technology: analog, NXDN, DMR, Tetra, P-25.
  • Terminals and accessories and their uses.
  • Site identification and associated costs.
  • Frequency applications, costs and implications.
  • Site linking technology including pros and cons.
  • Radio management systems, Radio over IP and connectivity links.
  • Selecting a suitable manufacturer, dealer or vendor.
  • User acceptance testing, commissioning reports, preventive and reactive maintenance.


Presented by: Chris Stevens — SLSA Lifesaving Communications Advisor, Surf Life Saving Australia

(90 mins)

WORKSHOP 3: Public safety mobile broadband – global trends and local decisions  Cont’d…

Lunch break

Afternoon Workshops

Workshop 5: Improving situational awareness in emergencies using social media 

A social media data mining workshop focusing on Social Media Emergency Management (SMEM) response.

The workshop is split into two modules with the first module delivering knowledge and the second testing this knowledge through a practical exercise.

Capacity: Limited places available – Maximum 20 participants.

Participants will:

  • Undertake a guided walkthrough of various options for reviewing social media in different forums.
  • Learn from global emergency response case studies.
  • Experience hands on activities during a simulated incident including:
    • how to effectively extract, collate and verify social media information
    • incorporate actionable intelligence into a social media listening report
    • verbally present this listening report for review and group debrief

Participants will receive constructive feedback in the following areas:

  • Identifying and understanding trending hashtags / keywords / influencers / sentiment
  • Creation of geolocation search parameters using multiple techniques
  • Their ability to apply verification techniques to validate the credibility of social media content
  • Creation of a social media listening report
  • Delivery of an after action debrief to exercise participants and instructor

Note ~ Workshop participants must have:
– Participants will provide their own laptops computers and/or MacBook’s for training purposes. Tablets and mobile devices are not fit for purpose for this training.
– WiFi access

Presented by: Caroline Milligan — Associate Director, Crest Advisory

(180 mins)

WORKSHOP 7: Back to the future – digital land mobile radio and business-critical broadband

Leading Local and International Industry expert insights into Wireless Digital Radio Landscape

Hosted by: Australasian Forum for TETRA & Critical Communications Association (ATCCF).

Chaired By: Kevin Graham — Director, ATCCF/Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions

1) Progress of TCCA, Working Groups for mission critical standards (including public safety, transport and control centres), 3GPP Broadband, MCPTT functionality Interoperability Plug testing and future view 4G/5G evolution

Presenter: Tony Gray — newly appointed CEO, TCCA and Peter Clemons — Managing Director, Quixoticity Consulting

2) Convergence of command, control solutions and International Critical Control Rooms Alliance (ICCRA)

Presenter: Geoff Spring – University of Melbourne and/or Ged Griffin — International Critical Control Rooms Alliance (ICCRA) Lead Operations Special Interest Group

3) International Case Study 1:  Digital LMR and complimentary LTE project — public safety & security industry

Presenter: Matteo Mascherpa — Area Manager, GEG Telecommunications Italy

4) Australian Case Studies 2: Digital LMR deployments, complimentary wireless/satellite and LTE/ Broadband insights – resources sector (oil/gas/mining) with integrated rail/transport & ports solutions – Roy Hill Project & other Western Australian projects

Presenter: Steve Burridge — Leonardo and ATCCF Director and Mark Thompson — Principal Consultant, Walker Newman & Associates

 5) Overview of the Digital LMR and professional/private LTE Insights, adoption and migration considerations — Leading Consultants Perspective

Presenter:  Murray Wales —Principal Operational Technology Consultant, DXC Technology

 6) Critical communications products/applications — Current and future outlook
Presenters: Tapio Makinen
— Marketing Director, Airbus; Peter Hudson or Phil Woodley — Heads of Product Strategy, Hytera/Sepura/Teltronic Group; Ranjan Bhagat — VP& GM, Zetron Australasia

7)   Panel Session/Questions & Answers
Moderators:  Peter Clemons — Managing Director, Quixoticity Consulting / Kevin Graham — Director, ATCCF/Managing Director Global Digital Solutions and presenters panel

(180 mins)